Weird Noir

Clara Bow says, "Reading is fundamental."
Clara Bow says, “Reading is fundamental.”
‘Hell,’ I muttered, glancing down. My side was a mess of rearranged gears and blue coolant wept from a broad gash. There was another smear of coolant on my chest, in the shape of the letter M, right over my heart. And next to me, one of my own cards sticky with oil, blood and God knew what else, ‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters.’ ~”A Mark In Blue”


I’m very excited to have some of my hardboiled Godzilla stories published in Weird Noir (2012), edited and conceived by the amazing K.A. Laity. S.L. Johnson created the gorgeously minimalist cover. Both “Three Kings” and “A Mark In Blue” were originally written for my zine, Monstress, but I re-edited them and, I think, improved them for this collection. You can pick up Weird Noir in print form or in a digital format at Amazon.

Raven Crime Reads has a nice review of Weird Noir:

What strikes me most about this collection is the sheer quality of writing on display, and the imaginative mix of ideas on show, to fulfil the remit of crossing genres in such a condensed writing form. I have a personal mission this year to read more ‘crossover’ crime so found this collection a perfect start to my year of discovery, and the neat construction of these strange and satisfying tales will certainly encourage me to read more short fiction. A tales of the unexpected for a new generation…

And Tony’s Thoughts has a nice review, too:

I found myself reading a page and thinking WTF? It was not a negative reflection on the writing but rather a sign of just how different parts of these stories were from my usual reading habits. Once my brain got the hang of it these stories started to fly by. There are some really interesting stories in this book and more importantly for me there are none that I didn’t enjoy. Every story is weird, but more than that they are all weird in different ways. Some of them read almost like a traditional noir stories but with a single detail that jars against what my brain expected. Others were just plain weird in ways that I find hard to describe. Be it Kraken or brain worm poo this book has plenty of stories that will surprise as well and entertain.

amzfinalweird_noir-scaled1000And check out Ms. Laity’s post, “What Is Weird Noir” at her website.

When I wrote up the pitch for the Weird Noir anthology, I used this description: ‘On the gritty backstreets of a crumbling city, tough dames and dangerous men trade barbs, witticisms and a few gunshots. But there’s a new twist where urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR. Featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the occasional succubus siren: The ambience is pure noir but the characters aren’t just your average molls and mugs—the vamps might just be vamps. It’s Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but irresistible all the same.’ Honestly, I had no idea what I’d get for submissions, but the results exceeded my expectations. This is a lean, mean, uncanny collection of tales that surprise, alarm and delight. The stories have oodles of atmosphere and just the right chill of the uncanny.

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